Freezing Death leads to Propane Crisis Fundraiser:
Today Lastrealindians is launching “Heating The Rez”, an effort to raise $50,000 to properly heat our homes. We are at a loss that this Northern Plains winter is so dangerously cold, propane prices are so abnormally high, and circumstances are such that because a family could not afford to heat a home one of our Tribal members has passed away, freezing to death on the Standing Rock Nation (North & South Dakota, USA http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/woman-dies-dakotas-propane-heat-home-22379636 ). That is a test of our humanity. Our hope is to convert 20 homes to renewable heating sources in 2014. Buying more propane, at ridiculous prices is the necessary bandaid now, but we are going to move our people forward to regenerative heating sources. Take a look; share the energy.
Mitakuye Oyasin (We are all related). http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/heating-the-rez
Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive.
—Some thoughts on the real world by one who glimpsed it and fled, Bill Watterson (via alifelivedwell)
Speakers of Anishinaabemowin never had to be told: “Respect Women”, “Respect Elders”, “Respect Children” because it is fundamental and built-in to the language itself.
"Ikwe" (ick-WAY) *woman* is connected, even in its sound, to Aki (AH-kih) *Earth*. Both are life-givers, due the same amount of reverence and respect, and mothers of the future.
The word for Old Woman, Mindimooyehn (MINN-dih-MOO-yayn), actually breaks-down to “One that holds it all together.” The foundation of a family.
Old Man, “Akiwenzii” (AH-kih-WAYN-zee), literally means “Earth Caretaker.” (Aki, Earth, Wen (such as found in ganawen) ‘to take care of’).
The word for Elder, Gichi Ayaa’aa (Git-chi Ay-YAH-aah), itself means “Great Being.”
Our word for Child, Abinoojii (uh-bin-NOON-jee), describes a spirit that was specifically placed here. Abin (sits in a certain place/placed here) and Jii (in relation to spirit). A spirit that’s been specifically and purposefully placed here.
The values are built into the language. And it’s Beautiful!